Russell Westbrook may have taken things a bit too far during a back-and-forth exchange with a Jazz fan Monday night in Utah, but there are several people in his corner — including LeBron James.
When asked about the incident, James backed his fellow NBA MVP.
“Russ is married with three kids, a set of twins. And no matter if you like him or love him or the way he plays the game, he’s one of the most loyal people that I know, one of the most down-to-Earth guys that I know. And that guy just took it too far on the other end,” James said Tuesday.
LeBron James says Russell Westbrook was in the right yesterday in Salt Lake City although “there could have been some words Russ could’ve said a little different.” Says the fan crossed the line: “That line is very bold. Everyone knows when you’re crossing the line.” pic.twitter.com/GKPZH83oQv
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) March 13, 2019
Westbrook was captured on video screaming “I’ll f— you up, you and your wife” to a heckler during Oklahoma City’s 98-89 win over the Jazz and explained after the game the that the fan told him to “get down on your knees like you used to.”
The Jazz organization banned the fan from Vivint Smart Home Arena on Tuesday afternoon.
“There could have been some words Russ could’ve said a little differently, but at the end of the day, he was in the right, that guy was in the wrong. Stand up and I salute the Utah Jazz and their organization doing what they did, and we move forward,” James said.
Westbrook was fined $25,000 for “directing profanity and threatening language to a fan.”